By Don Brown
The Lady Cougar basketball teams had a perfect day of summer basketball action on Monday as they won all four games they played at Hopkins County Central High School.
The varsity girls had two wins, 41-30 over McLean County, and 44-34 over the host Storm, of Hopkins Central.
The JV girls also won both of their games, 45-28 over McLean, then 43-21 over Hopkins.
VARSITY vs McLEAN COUNTY
Though the Lady Cougars scored first on a short jumper by Maddie Stewart, McLean County built a four-point lead, 7-3 at the 17:28 mark of the first half.
Grayson County answered with eight straight points to lead 11-7 with 9:25 left in the first half, and they would never trail the rest of the way.
Stewart closed out the first-half scoring with a 10-footer that saw the Lady Cougars with their largest lead of the half, seven points at 23-16.
McLean County closed to within two points of the lead, 27-25 with 12:40 left to play, but back-to-back three-pointers by Stewart and Kaylan Shull pushed the lead to eight points.
After McLean scored on a rebound basket, Shull buried another three with 8:28 remaining to make it a nine-point game, 36-27.
A lay-up by Stewart with 1:17 left gave the Lady Cougars their largest lead of the game, 12 points at 40-28.
Stewart led all scorers with 14 points, and she added four rebounds. Breanna Fulkerson joined Stewart in double figures with 11 points and she led the team with five rebounds.
Shull finished with three three-pointers for her nine points. Grace White scored five points, while Cassidy Swift had two to complete the Lady Cougar scoring.
VARSITY vs HOPKINS COUNTY CENTRAL
Grayson County never trailed in this game. After Hopkins scored at the 16:30 mark to pull to within a point at 3-2, the Lady Cougars reeled off 11 unanswered points to lead 14-2 at the 9:28 mark.
Grayson County still led by 12 points, 22-10 following a lay-in by Katie Hayes with 1:38 left in the first half, but Hopkins scored the final five points to cut their deficit to seven points, 22-15 at the break.
The Grayson County lead stayed between seven and 10 points midway through the second half, when a 6-0 spurt put them up by 14 points, 41-27 with 8:14 left to play.
The Storm answered with six straight points to pull to within eight points, 41-33 with 3:44 remaining, but they would get no closer.
Fulkerson led all scorers with 11 points, and she added three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Swift finished with eight points and shared the team lead on the boards with six rebounds.
Shull scored seven points, and matched Swift with six rebounds. Cortney Tomes played well off the bench, scoring six points and adding three boards. Stewart scored five points and added three rebounds and three assists.
Three players, White, Hayes and Sarah Pierce all had two points, while Soane Embry had one to round out the Lady Cougar scoring.
JV vs McLEAN COUNTY
The JV girls led from start to finish, slowly pulling away in the first half, then dominating in the second half.
Grayson County led by just two points, 6-4 with 16:14 left in the first half, when they put together a 12-2 run, capped off by a Hayes three-pointer, to build a 12-point lead, 18-8 with 10:10 left.
McLean County closed out the half on a 9-3 run that saw them cut their deficit to six points, 21-15 at the half.
The Lady Cougars then put the game away in the second half as they opened on a 14-4 run to lead by 16 points, 37-21 at the 10:11 mark.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Raven Shelton and Sarah Pierce increased the Lady Cougar lead to 20 points, 45-25 with 4:31 remaining and they cruised the rest of the way for the win.
Shelton finished with 12 points to lead the Lady Cougars, while White added 11, and led the team with four steals.
Pierce finished with seven points and also had three steals. Decker and Hayes both finished with six points. Breanna Minton closed out the scoring with three points off the bench and led the team with four rebounds.
JV vs HOPKINS COUNTY CENTRAL
The Lady Cougars scored the first six points of the game, only to see the Storm score eight straight to grab a two-point lead at the 11:43 mark.
That would turn out to be the Storm’s only lead of the game. The Lady Cougars responded by going on a 15-1 run to lead by 12 points, 21-9 with 3:43 left in the first half. They led by 10 points, 21-11 at the half.
Back-to-back baskets from Hayes and Kiara Brooks increased the Grayson County lead to 14 points, 31-17 with 13:20 left to play. They still led by 14 points, 35-21 at the 8:37 mark when they closed out the game with eight unanswered points, six of them by White, to win the game going away.
White led all scorers with 13 points. Decker joined her in double figures with 10 points. Hayes had seven points, while Embry had five points, three rebounds and three steals.
Four players, Tomes, Minton, Brooks and Emma Escue all had two points to round out the scoring. Tomes added three rebounds to her totals.